Turmoil Damaged Traditions, Communal Harmony: Bhalla

Peace pre-requisite for progress, prosperity

Observer News Service

Jammu – Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla called upon the people to supplement government’s efforts of strengthening communal harmony and brotherhood to uphold State’s high ethos of hospitality and globally known culture and traditions.

This was stated by the Minister at peace meet held in a school, in here on Friday.

“Peace is pre-requisite for progress and prosperity, adding that every necessary step must be taken to further strengthen peace and tranquillity in the State,” said the Minister.

He said during turmoil in the State, the development sectors especially education suffered a lot thus effecting the growth and economy. He said with cooperation of the people the normalcy has been restored and development activities have been taken up on fast track under various vital sectors like PHE, PDD, R&B, ERA, Health and education in nook and corner of the State.

Referring to the turmoil period in the state, Bhalla said that this had led to heavy human and economic losses and severely damaged high traditions of communal harmony, secular ethos and value system. He said that in the wake of the partition of the country in 1947 when the entire sub-continent was in the grip of a communal frenzy, it was in Jammu and Kashmir State that Mahatma Gandhi had seen a ray of light, observing that we have to fully restore and strengthen the same spirit of reconciliation and accommodation.

Observing that sustained peace and normalcy is essential for rapid progress and prosperity, the Minister said that it was, therefore, necessary that all of us should contribute to secure the objective of peace and harmony so that Jammu and Kashmir becomes a frontline developed State.

He said that the J&K Peace Foundation has been contributing bit by bit for the promotion of peace and harmony by organizing peace conferences, seminars, discussions and other such programmes and assured full support to the Foundation in its activities aimed at promoting peace and harmony in the State.

The Minister said that Gandhi was a leader of masses who preached lesson of tolerance and equality who preached communal harmony and secularism to the people of different faiths of the country.

The Minister hoped that ‘World Peace Day’ will bring certain concrete recommendations for the people belonging to all walks of life so that peace with progress and prosperity is assured in every nook and corner of the state as well as country. He stressed to follow the Gandhian ethics, values and holistic approach for peaceful world order.

On the occasion, about 12 schools of Jammu and Samba districts presented a colourful cultural programme which is highly applauded by the jam packed audience.

Later, the Minister distributed mementos among the best students of both the districts.

Among others, Additional District Development Commissioner, Rehana Batol, Fr. Varkey, Fr. Joe Kalathil, Fr. Kuriakose, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Alphonse, Fr. Peppin, Fr. Stalin, Fr. Robin, Shri.

Shreyansh K Jain, Shri. Vikrant Dogra and members from CSSS, J.K.P.M and other civil society organizations also present on the occasion.

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